The first time I heard of potato salad was from Sesame Street in the episode where they were having a picnic. Everybody brought the same thing for the picnic and then the King decided to delegate different foods to different people. The song went thus:
“You bring the watermelon, good plan king.
You bring potato salad, good plan King.”
Anyways I thought yuck! because as a child I hated boiled potato. Many years later I tried the recipe from my mum’s cookbook and it was a hit. Since then whenever I make it at home, it’s just never enough. Try out this recipe and if you don’t like it, I’ll give you your money back.
Irish potatoes which are the base for potato salad are best known for their carbohydrate (starch) content but they also contain vitamins and minerals, notably vitamin C and B6, potassium, magnesium and iron. They are naturally fat, sodium and cholesterol free. And to get the best from them, eat them in their jackets (skin) which are a good source of dietary fibre.
The basic potato salad consists of potatoes and mayonnaise but from there are many variations. Because potato and mayonnaise both have bland flavors I spike it up with sugar and lime juice. Then as I always love colour in my food I like to add parsley and carrot/tomatoes. If you are adding tomatoes however, make sure you use very firm tomatoes and remove the seeds/pith before chopping them. If you want to go a step further in richness, you can add boiled eggs…hmm Heaven!
Potato salad, a side dish that goes with many meals is a hit any day, anytime and is very good for picnics, barbecues and potlucks.
The recipe below serves 4. It can be eaten alone but for a more balanced meal serve with grilled fish and moi-moi (omit eggs in potato salad) or with roast chicken and green salad.
What you need:
- 1kg of peeled Irish potatoes
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 100g chopped carrots
- 2 heaped tablespoons chopped red onions
- ½ cup roughly chopped parsley
- 4 tablespoons of sugar
- Juice from 2 medium limes
- ¾ cup mayonnaise
- 2 boiled eggs chopped
How it’s made:
- Without chopping the potatoes, boil them with the salt until done.
- Drain, cool and chop into cubes.
- Boil the carrots for 5 minutes, drain and cool.
- Combine all the ingredients except the egg and mix very well.
- Add the egg and mix briefly.
- Served chilled.